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SFV or Societe Française de Materiel Agricole et Industriel de Vierzon was a French builder of tractors of the Lanz Hot Bulb Engine design. The facory was situated in the city of Vierzon (Cher department)
The companies origin goes back to 1847 building farm machinery, and moved into the Steam engine business in 1861. By 1931 they built a "Vierzon" gasoline tractor, of a Hot-Bulb design. This was a 50/55 hp design and was followed by several smaller models until 1957. The name Vierzon was dropped after WWII and the restyled versions marketed as "SFV". In 1048 production was about 170 per month with 5000 machines of all types built in 1955.
By the mid-fities they were in decline, and Case bought a share of the company. Models were redesigned, but sales still fell. The firm went under in the 1960s. Some Case tractors for the French market were built in the factor at one stage.
- DFV H1
- SFV H2
- SFV 201
- SFV 201E
- SFV Super 202
- DFV Super 203D
- SFV Super 204
- SFV 302
- SFV 401
- SFV 551 - 1952 12.8 ltr. 52/63 hp (biggest model built).
A few SFV and Vierzon models can be seen on the UK rally circuit. They are mainly personal imports as old tractors tend to be cheap in France and of reasonable condition. Being of the Hot bulb design they are of interst to some collectors of Lanz machines. A few Vineyard models may have been imported for work in the orchards of Kent and Herefordshire.
Other French brandsEdit
- Austin - French factory
- Richard Continental
- St. Chamond
- SFV photos - on Sharpos world